The 2012 Kia Sportage is the least expensive vehicle on our list but packs a ton of safety features for the price. Standard kit includes traction control, anti-lock brakes, hill assist control, and electronic brake-force distribution just to name a few. Thanks to the Sportage's size, it's one of the better handling...show more crossovers currently available. It should be noted that only the all-wheel drive models earn the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's top rating. This option can be picked up for an additional $1,500 and with the price of the base Sportage, we don't think that's a bad idea. The front-wheel drive Sportage earned four out of five stars from the NHTSA. During IIHS crash testing, the Sportage earned a Top Safety Pick.show less
The 2012 Honda CR-V isn't the flashiest crossover on this list, but it gets the job done nonetheless. For a base price of $21,665 including an $830 destination fee, the 2012 Honda CR-V comes with standard safety...show more features like anti-lock brakes, stability control and six airbags. Both the NHTSA and the IIHS bestowed the CR-V with their highest ratings, and all-wheel drive is an available option, giving Honda's banal crossover even more control.show less
The Mazda CX-5 represents one of the newest vehicles on the list, earning both a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and four out of five stars overall from the NHTSA. To get a 2013 Mazda CX-5 you're going to have to come up with $21,790 for a base front-drive model, or $24,440 for the cheapest automatic model. Standard...show more safety features include anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist, child locks on the rear doors, daytime running lights, stability and traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system as well. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 155 horsepower, and while it feels a little underpowered, the CX-5's fuel economy figures more than compensate: the EPA rated the 2013 Mazda CX-5 at up to 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.show less
A crossover that has quietly been making its owners happy for a while now is the Dodge Journey. The 2012 model comes with a base price tag of $21,990 including a $995 destination fee. The 2012 Dodge Journey offers standard safety features like anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, LATCH points in the rear...show more bench, and child locks on the rear doors. Rear seating offers 39.2-inches for your head, 33.6-inches for your legs, and 54.4-inches for your hips. The 2012 Dodge Journey earned an IIHS Top Safety award, and the NHTSA awarded the crossover four stars overall.show less
The Blue Oval boys are the only automaker to make this list twice, and first up is the 2013 Ford Escape. Repeating from the previous generation, the 2013 Escape starts at $23,295, including $825 for destination and handling, and includes standard safety features like child safety locks, anti-lock brakes, traction and...show more stability control, and LATCH points in the second row of seating. Driver, front side, and passenger side airbags are standard safety features as well. The Escape's base 2.5-liter inline-4 cylinder engine returns an EPA estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The IIHS awarded the 2013 Ford Escape as a Top Safety before the new front overlap test, while the NHTSA has given it four stars overall.show less
The only German entrant on our list, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a blend of safety and ruggedness many owners don't know exist. In IIHS crash testing, the Tiguan made it through well enough to be named a Top Safety pick for 2012 but it's not rated by the NHTSA. A base model will set you back $23,665, but that also...show more includes the $825 destination fee. That cash will get you standard safety features like driver, front side, and rear side airbags, LATCH points in the rear seat, daytime running lights, child locks on the rear doors, stability and traction control, and turning signals on the side view mirrors. The base model Tiguan comes ready for service with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower, which is rated at 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.show less
Ford's crosstown rival only has one SUV offering under $30,000 that made our list but Chevrolet made it count. The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox starts at $24,355, including $825 for destination, and comes chock-filled with standard safety features that include daytime running lights, front and rear head airbags, front-side...show more mounted airbags, an airbag deployment notification and stolen vehicle assistance (both features available with a subscription to OnStar), a post-collision system, and a tire pressure monitoring system. In IIHS testing, the Equinox fared well enough to be named a Top Safety pick for 2012, and the NHTSA awarded it with four stars overall.show less
Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the Hyundai Santa Fe emerges as a new, sporty, stylish, and safe midsize crossover, packing in all sorts of value for the dollar. A base model 2013 Santa Fe costs $25,275, including the $825 for destination, and comes with a slew of safety features like driver, front side, and passenger...show more side airbags, anti-lock brakes, LATCH points, stability and traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Second row legroom checks in at 36.8-inches and headroom offers up 39.6-inches of real estate. The IIHS awarded the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe a Top Safety Pick honors without the small overlap test, and the NHTSA has not yet rated it. Seeing as how the previous-gen model scored just three stars overall, we think Hyundai is probably keen on improving that.show less
It's not often that a vehicle designed with off-roading in mind wins government safety awards. Then again it's not often that the majority of people think to take their Jeep Grand Cherokee off-road anymore. The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee takes up a spot on our list thanks to its $28,120 price tag, which includes $925 for...show more destination, for a base rear-wheel-drive Laredo. During government testing, the Grand Cherokee earned a rating of "good," the highest score possible on its way to being named a Top Safety pick from the IIHS. In NHTSA testing, the Grand Cherokee earned four out of a possible five stars. Besides its safety rating, the Grand Cherokee gets a bump in the reliability category thanks to Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar engine. A diesel variant of the Grand Cherokee is also expected sometime in 2014.show less
The second of two vehicles from the Blue Oval Boys on our list is the 2013 Ford Edge, and it's the most expensive, too. For $28,350, including an $825 destination fee, the Edge comes with standard safety features that include a driver, front side, and passenger side airbag, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control,...show more electronic brakeforce distribution, child locks on the rear doors, and LATCH points in the rear seat. During government testing, the Edge earned a rating of "good" and was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2013. The NHTSA rated the 2012 Ford Edge with four out of five stars overall, which is mechanically identical to the latest model year.show less
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